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The Invergordon Archive

Hogg family immigrating to Australia
The Invergordon Archive
Hogg family immigrating to Australia

My name is Charles Alistair Hogg and I am a direct descendant of David Hogg (he is my grandfather).

This is a photo of David Hogg and wife Isabella Hogg nee MacDonald with son William (Bill) and daughter Catherine (Renee) aboard the Empire Brent in1949 immigrating from Saltburn to Melbourne Australia. They lived in The cottage on Great North Road Saltburn. David was a merchant sailor and not home much. He shared the house with his father William Hogg and two brothers Donald (Dan) Hogg and James (Juma) Hogg and sister Nellie Cameron nee Hogg and daughter Sybil (Sibbie) Cameron who later married Ken Gordon. David had three other siblings Henrietta who also immigrated to Australia, William who immigrated to New Zealand and Elijah who joined the Seaforth Highlanders and was killed in France in 1916.

If anyone has any information regarding any relatives who remained in Saltburn or surrounding counties I would love to hear from you. All information, photographs or memoirs would be greatly appreciated.
Picture added on 09 March 2015 at 17:06
My mother was Margaret Hogg, sister of Davie Hogg, your grandfather, and I was brought up in Saltburn. I have 2 boys and 1 girl, also 6 grandchildren and we still live in the Ross-shire area.
Added by Doreen Miller on 10 March 2015
Dear Doreen, thank you helping me to update my family tree. I have spoken with my dad and we are looking to find a photo of your mum. I will post it if we are successful. Do you have any photographs of your mum and David when they were young and their parents (William and Margaret)? Many thanks again Alistair.
Added by Alistair Hogg on 11 March 2015
Sorry, I left out David Hogg's other siblings who were Margaret, James and Martha.
Added by Alistair Hogg on 12 March 2015
Alistair, I remember your Mum and Grandmother (Ella) visiting us (the Gordons) in Alness around the late 1970s ('77 or '78?). We moved there from Saltburn in 1970. Ella never lost her Ross-shire accent in over 30 years in Oz!
Anonymous comment added on 26 March 2015
Hi there, thanks for putting on picture of my Auntie Ella and Uncle Dave; didn't know him very well - as you say - was always at sea. I have a picture of your Grannie, her sisters Rita and Dora and her brother John (Jock) but not sure when taken - think it would have been in '60s; will up load soon as I am looking out more - that is if I have any.
Added by Dan Macdonald on 01 May 2015
Thanks Dan, where do you live now? I have been researching my family tree and I have been having a bit of trouble finding any information about George Macdonald, your grandfather. Dad told me he was married twice; I have found him in some census forms but only some of the children match what dad has told me. Could you help me with that information? Was your grandmother's maiden name Munro or Graham as my Grandmother's birth and marriage certificates are conflicting? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again.
Added by Alistair Hogg on 02 May 2015
Hi Alistair, thanks for getting in touch. I live in a place called Corby now which is in the east midlands of England - have been here since 1965 with my wife Diana and brought up 3 children here: Karen, Ian and David; have 3 grandchildren who all live in southern Ireland near Cork with my son Ian.
With regards to my grandfather, I am sorry to say I know absolutely nothing about him apart from that he lived on a farm called Tomich which lies behind Invergordon where I was born and bred. I think my mother (Rita) had a falling out with him and never spoke of him unfortunately, and I never asked again unfortunately. Now in hindsight I should have asked.
Yes I do know he was married twice and I knew that my auntie Nancy was from his first marriage and her married name was Ross and lived in Evanton - think there was another branch of family in Evanton - his name was Roy Applegate who was I believe the son of my aunty Joey who I believe was also from granddad’s first marriage; don't know of any more maybe my uncle Colin was, seemed to be loads of uncles and aunts about when I was young and my memory is fading fast, haha, so you see a right mix up of people. All the best, Dan.
Added by Dan Macdonald on 02 May 2015
Hi Dan, I am William’s (Bill) youngest son, I live in Frankston Victoria. I am happily married to Ruth and have two daughters Abbie and Maddie and two step children Adam and Jessica. I would love to hear more about your family. I can remember meeting your brother Colin and your mum when they visited Australia although I was just a child. Dad asks after Colin; he also met with Jock’s daughter Margaret when he was in Scotland last - would you have any contact details for her? I look forward to hearing from you. Regards, Alistair Hogg.
Added by Alistair Hogg on 03 May 2015
Dan, my wife has just told me her family on both sides are from Rushden which I believe is close to you. We will be visiting them in 2017, maybe we could meet?
Added by Alistair Hogg on 03 May 2015
Hi there Alistair, nice to hear from you, will try and fill you in as much as I can.

Well I am sorry to say that Colin died 2yrs ago last march - sadly missed, and mother has been dead now 16 years, in fact all that generation of Macdonalds have passed on over the last 20 yrs or so. Just me left now and the ones in Balintore. I keep in touch with them occasionally and any time I go up to Scotland I visit them which I did last year.
Sadly my cousin Anne Macdonald died a few years ago, so there is only Ian, Andrew and Margaret left in Balintore now. My auntie Dora's family still live in Invergordon but never managed to see them when was up there and have not seen the Evanton branch of the family for a few years now, will try and locate contact details for Margaret - should have telephone or email address somewhere for her ….. yes I remember when Colin and Mum came over to see you , if I remember right they also went to America as well to see my auntie Katie about that time, as Colin had been made redundant from the steelworks in Corby about that time and he got a big redundancy package from the works, then I got him a job where I worked. Anyway, give my regards to your grandfather. All the best, Dan.
Added by Dan Macdonald on 03 May 2015
Oh right Alistair, have just seen your post about wife’s family; yes, Rushden not far from me, was there a couple of weeks ago, nice town, yes would be lovely to meet up in 2017, will look forward to it.
Added by Dan Macdonald on 04 May 2015
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